Def Leppard Concert Review – Jones Beach – Wantagh, Long Island, NY – 7/8/09
By: Andrew Bilach
Def Leppard – Headliner
Poison – Direct Support
Cheap Trick – Opener
Jones Beach is one of the best venues to see a show during the summer. On this night, the weather couldn’t have been better. I’ve been a Def Leppard fan since I saw their video for “Rocket” on MTV. You remember that channel, right? They used to show music videos.
Anyway, this was my fourth time seeing Def Leppard. I had previously seen them twice at Jones Beach (once supporting Slang and once supporting Euphoria) and once at Irving Plaza. They’re a great live band and I’ll see them every chance I get.
The show looked to be completely sold out. There wasn’t an empty seat. My seats couldn’t have been better. They were dead center stage. The venue was pushing Creed and Nickelback mezzanine tickets for $15.00 each, which I believe was half off. I guess those tours aren’t selling too well. Water was $7.00. You read that right. A bottle of water was $7.00. The t-shirts were moderately priced at $40.00.
I missed Cheap Trick.
Poison went on about fifteen minutes before sundown. I’ve been to hundreds of shows and this had to be one of the worst peformances I’ve ever witnessed. And yes, I’m a Poison fan. There are only two possible excuses for their horrendous performance. First, Bret Michaels is recovering from the flu or strept throat. Or second, they hired their sound engineer straight out of pre-school. “Nothing But A Good Time” was scheduled to be their encore, but due to time constraints, it was scrapped. Bret’s voice was shot. The band sounded as if it was their first rehearsal after not playing together in a decade. I like Bret Michaels, and honestly believe he loves music. The guy is always on tour and I’ve never heard anyone say anything bad about the guy. But I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, I will never, ever pay to see Poison after this debacle.
Def Leppard was Def Leppard. They were consistent and couldn’t have sounded better. It amazes me, that after all these years, these guys still play like they have something to prove. I’m not one for writing long reviews and using big words to prove I’m intelligent. I’ll just say that if the boys from Sheffield role into your town, open your wallet and go. You will not be disappointed.
Check out Def Leppard doing “Pour Some Sugar On Me” at Jones Beach.